Heckler & Koch USP

Description

The Heckler and Koch Universal Self-loading Pistol is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. The USP was introduced in the late 80s and HK designed it specifically for law enforcement and military use. Later on down the line USSOCOM picked it up as well as other allied forces.

The USP stems from the Model 1911 pistol, a popular and dependable design from the 20th century. Where the USP differs is the polymer grip instead of metal, which makes it lightweight at around 1.5 pounds. Shooters can pull the slide back to set the trigger for single-action or de-cock it with the safety and set it for double-action. It has an ambidextrous magazine release and safety. On the front of the lower receiver is a universal rail, so lights or lasers can be attached. And, for further safety and to prevent unwanted users, it has a patented Lock-Out Safety, which disables the weapon with the turn of a key.

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Specifications

9mm
Caliber:9mm
Grip:Polymer
Capacity:15
Sights:Three-dot fixed
Features:Ambidextrous magazine release Ambidextrous magazine release and safety; No snag, bobbed hammer; universal mounting grooves for installing accessories; de-cocking lever; and patented Lock-Out safety
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Steel/blued
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action only
Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.hk-usa.co…
Weight:1.57 pounds
Trigger Pull:(single-action) 4.5 pounds
Barrel Length:4.25"
Length:7.64"
Height:5.35"
.40 S&W
Caliber:.40 S&W
Grip:Polymer
Capacity:13
Sights:Three-dot fixed
Features:Ambidextrous magazine release Ambidextrous magazine release and safety; No snag, bobbed hammer; universal mounting grooves for installing accessories; de-cocking lever; and patented Lock-Out safety
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Steel/blued
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action only
Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.hk-usa.co…
Weight:1.7 pounds
Trigger Pull:(single-action) 4.5 pounds
Barrel Length:4.25"
Length:7.64"
Height:5.35"
.45 ACP
Caliber:.45 ACP
Grip:Polymer
Capacity:12
Sights:Three-dot fixed
Features:Ambidextrous magazine release Ambidextrous magazine release and safety; No snag, bobbed hammer; universal mounting grooves for installing accessories; de-cocking lever; and patented Lock-Out safety
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Steel/blued
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action only
Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.hk-usa.co…
Weight:1.73 pounds
Trigger Pull:(single-action) 4.5 pounds
Barrel Length:4.41"
Length:7.87"
Height:5.55"
MSRP$902.00

Editor Review

Way back in the 1990s when I was turning into the modern version of Marshall Rooster Cogburn with my Glock Model 21, I met a new deputy with our department who gave me a severe case of the wants when he pulled out his brand new HK USP .45 on the firing range.  While my Glock 21 is by far my favorite handgun, the HK USP .45 is one that I knew I would eventually buy.

What grabbed my attention at the time was the innovative and highly futuristic addition of rails on the frame of the USP.  Clipping a tactical light under your handgun for hands-free operation, at that time, was something we all envied.  After a little studying, shooting his on the range, and a lot of searching at gun shows, I learned a lot about the HK USP.

I’ll preface my next statements with this idea – HK doesn’t make any junk.  I’ve never seen an HK product, rifle, submachine gun or handgun that I haven’t been just thrilled with.  The HK USP is no exception to this.  There are many variants on the USP platform with as many as 11 different options and configurations.  When you purchase a USP you are given an opportunity to select what variations you want and your satisfaction is almost guaranteed.

HK has incorporated the best concepts of all of their handguns as well as other ideas based loosely on other famous handgun designs.  They’ve put it all into one nice package that has a futuristic and technical look, with a variety of calibers.

The most exciting version, to me, is the USP SOCOM, which was restricted to US military and came with an attachable suppressor.  I’d love to have it but will settle with the next closest version.  Another version that is highly desirable to me is the USP Compact Tactical, which is a .45 ACP, with all the benefits of the full-size USP, compacted into a concealable package.

Most assuredly, if you have the choice of what brand of handgun to purchase and which model, the HK USP will not be a bad choice.